Foundations for Social Change is not a traditional non-profit. Our purpose is to innovate new models that advance social change and shared prosperity. Foundations for Social Change is led by a team with combined expertise in social impact, partnership development, research and policy, behavioural sustainability, organizational management and finance. Our team is small and strong, and is made up of staff, a board of directors and a lived experience advisory panel.
Ultimately we envision an inclusive world where everyone thrives. In all that we do, as individuals and as a group, we are guided by the values of Courage, Compassion, and Connection.
Community Connector Role Description
- Create a positive experience for all participants within the context of a social policy research project directly supporting individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
- Use mindful and reflective listening skills while interacting with participants, project staff, partners, and members of the community.
- Follow appropriate informed consent procedures and adhere to guidelines for research with human subjects.
- Participate in education and training to ensure ethical and quality research.
- If required, liaise with partners to assist the referral process and help potential participants complete the online application form (or a paper version).
- Schedule and confirm appointments for interviews with participants.
- Conduct screening interviews with participants and apply clinical assessment tools to determine functionality and eligibility for the project.
- Manage a cohort of study participants throughout the duration of the project, including:
- Following up on participants who have consented to participate;
- Providing information and answering questions about the research process;
- Conducting in-person and telephone research interviews using standardized questionnaires; and
- Keeping detailed and accurate records of participant contact and interview information.
- Travel to facilities and locations around Metro Vancouver (Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster) to liaise with partners and conduct interviews.
- Contribute to the preparation and submission of project-related reports, including status updates, research reports, policy briefs, and communication materials.
- Assist with office work as necessary, including printing and organizing project materials, record keeping, and data entry.
- Perform other administrative and research duties as assigned.
- Support and champion a SEN process (Storytelling, Experience Building, Narrative Inquiry) developed by FSC, engaging participants in story sharing activities that are collaborative and not extractive:
- Participate themselves in community connector storyforms, sharing their reflections and contributing to a wider narrative about taking part in a cash transfer project;
- Supporting and encouraging clients to take part in the SEN process, inviting them to engage in storyforms and attend sensemaking sessions.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work is valuable, as is an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Working knowledge of local community resources, relevant services, subsidies and organizations that address the needs of people who are unhoused.
- Able to work cross-culturally with people from diverse cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Experience working independently under minimal supervision as well as in multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams.
- Excellent communication (oral and written) and organizational skills.
- Able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment and manage crisis and conflict effectively.
- Able to provide a current criminal record check.
- Skilled in relationship building and management.
- Can display unconditional positive regard for others
- Ability to create positive relationships with a diverse audience
- Strong listening and assessment skills
- Has access to and ability to use a computer for attending meetings and having virtual conversations.
- Strong computer knowledge and database-management skills, including applications such as Microsoft Office and GSuite
- Has been COVID immunized.
- Able to work from a Trauma Informed Care perspective
- Knowledgeable about harm reduction theories and approaches
- A good understanding of the impact on poverty on children, youth, and families
- Knowledge of community resources designed to support the homeless population
- Lived experience and/or an intimate understanding of the realities associated with homelessness is a valuable asset.
- Fluency in additional languages other than English
- Current First Aid, CPR, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
- An understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis.
- An understanding of community engaged research principles and participatory action research.
This position is part-time (30hrs per week) with an opportunity for growth and advancement. Compensation package includes vacation and benefits.
We recognize and celebrate the valuable differences among each of us, including race, religious beliefs, physical or mental disabilities, age, place of origin, marital status, family status, gender or gender identity and sexual orientation.